Early life and careerEdit
Son of Edwin Eyre, a local government officer, and his wife Mary (née Moseley), a shopkeeper, Eyre was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill School, Birmingham and Emmanuel College, Cambridge before becoming a Birmingham solicitor, and admitted in 1950.
Career in politicsEdit
He contested Birmingham Northfield in 1959. Eyre was elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hall Green at a 1965 by-election, and represented the seat until he retired in 1987. During the Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher governments, he served as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Comptroller of the Household, and junior Environment (Housing and Construction), and Trade and Transport Minister. He was also a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party.
Eyre died in January 2019 at the age of 94. His daughter, from his second marriage, Hermione Eyre, is an editor at the London Evening Standard, and a novelist. She is married to Conservative MP Alex Burghart.
- Daily Telegraph Issue no 50,916 (dated Thursday 31 January 2019) Obituaries p25 "Sir Reginald Eyre: long serving Tory MP who revived inner cities and was once held up by a gun man"
- Eyre, Sir Reginald Edwin. Who's Who 2002. A & C Black, London. p. 661.
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Alex Burghart speech
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Reginald Eyre
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